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Old 28-02-2015, 16:13   #436
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How is it obscene? The national rail network is in constant need of maintenance and capacity upgrades. We all pay for a certain amount of that via tax, but it is fair that those who use it pay a greater share.

Network Rail is a not-for-profit operation. The "profit" of which you speak is used to fund capital projects which extend and improve the network. There are no shareholders to take a dividend.
The profit is used for whatever the company decides and its obscene, 39% increase in profits mean someones getting screwed and as always it'll be passed on to the little people
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The profit is used for whatever the company decides and its obscene, 39% increase in profits mean someones getting screwed and as always it'll be passed on to the little people
No it isn't. Revenue over and above day-to-day spending is reinvested in capital projects to ensure the company meets government performance targets and any other obligations placed on it. It is not free to spend that money on "whatever".

That amount hasn't increased by 39pc by accident. Rail users are deliberately being charged more, and NR is deliberately spending the proceeds on improvements that benefit those rail users. It seems entirely fair to me.
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As long as it benefits the Rail user and is to the betterment of the network l see no problem in what NR are doing.
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No it isn't. Revenue over and above day-to-day spending is reinvested in capital projects to ensure the company meets government performance targets and any other obligations placed on it. It is not free to spend that money on "whatever".

That amount hasn't increased by 39pc by accident. Rail users are deliberately being charged more, and NR is deliberately spending the proceeds on improvements that benefit those rail users. It seems entirely fair to me.
That would explain the 30% increase in delays passengers are enduring and yes it is, the way the company is formed means it can use its own capital for "its own purposes"

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Rail
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East Coast rail back in private hands.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31680914
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Re: Train Spotters Corner

Leamington - Banbury section to reopen 3 weeks earlier than expected

Network Rail has confirmed that the railway between Leamington Spa and Banbury will reopen on Friday 13 March - three weeks earlier than originally expected.

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The key route between Birmingham and London Marylebone and Birmingham, the Thames Valley, south coast and the port of Southampton is used by 130 passenger and freight trains a day. It has been closed since 31 January following a 350,000 tonne landslip near Harbury, a few miles south of Leamington Spa.
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That's excellent going as l certainly thought it would take much longer to clear up the huge landslip there.
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First 319s run on Northern route.

http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2015/...-northern.html
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It looks like this lady has been very lucky.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31848111
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MODEL railways are getting steamy — with figures of people having sex.

Cheeky buffs are saucing up their trackside scenery with models in rude poses.

One set has a Peeping Tom staring at two protesting nude women sunbathers, another has a couple romping on a desk and one is of a naked elf.

The 18 figures, priced at £3 for one to £16 for a set of six, are made by German firm Noch and have nothing to do with iconic Hornby Railways.

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They are sold by Buffers Model Railways in Axminster, Devon, in the adult section of the shop’s website.

The most popular purchase is a pair of romping pigs.

Owner Maria Husson, 50, said: “All sorts of people buy them, for private collections or demonstration tracks.

“Normally they’d hide the rude figures in a house with a red light in the window, but if it’s just an adult audience they’d put them in view.”
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The First Intercity Express arrives at Southampton Docks.

http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2015/...rrives-at.html
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Special liveried train to promote Border Railway

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New Great Western franchise confirmed by Chancellor.

http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2015/...hancellor.html

Major plans on the way for Waterloo lines upgrade.

http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2015/...n-the-way.html

Derby to build new trains for First Great Western.

http://www.railnews.co.uk/news/2015/...ew-trains.html

Move to modernise four London Underground lines by 2022.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32034660

Network Rail suspends West Coast Railway trains.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-32167724
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Yup ... Man on BBC Scotland news last night was being interviewed at Glasgow Central, and telling people if they really wanted to travel to London by train, they should use the ECML instead. I can't think why anyone would - it takes a lot longer. I bet Queasyjet and Fly'n'Scare do well out of it this weekend.
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